Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve bad by Yarra Trams

I worked this NYE until 6:30pm and I start work New Year's Day at 8:30am, so it is a quiet NYE for us, and I will well and truly be in bed at midnight.

But what if we wanted to go into to town to enjoy the festivities and 14 tonnes of fireworks? Well, it would be Shank's pony for us, in spite of having a tram normally go past our place every few minutes in the evening.

For some reason Yarra Trams is stopping trams at Domain Interchange this year. I don't know if it is its doing or the police and the state government on security grounds. If it is the doing of Yarra Trams, it is a disgrace. Thousands of people would normally use trams to get to the city. They now face a twenty minute brisk walk. It would be a twenty six minute walk for us. In spite of good advance publicity, still there will be heaps of old people and people with very young children expecting to at least travel by tram as far as the Arts Centre.

How can we get to town? Neither of us at the moment capable of such a walk, and then the return walk home. We can walk for about ten minutes to a tram stop in Toorak Road and catch the tram to South Yarra Station and then catch a train to the city. 

For whatever reason, I am astonished that Yarra Trams cannot deliver us to at least the edge of the city on this New Year's Eve.

Finishing 2017 with a whinge, and I promise I won't whinge until at least the 2nd of January.

11 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Andrew (and R). I didn't hear anything about restricted services on the news. Is it just on those lines near you or citywide?

    No train or tram travel for us this evening - have been up to town three times in the last couple of weeks so that's it for a while. Two trips to the theatre as well as an unusual outing on Christmas Day!
    ~ Cathy

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    1. Thanks Cathy. All lines were disrupted in some manner. I'm intrigued by your Christmas Day outing.

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  2. Happy New Year! Out transit is free NYE from 7PM to 7AM.

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    1. Cheers Jackie. Ours is free from 6pm to 6am. World time difference, you see.

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    2. Ours was free from 5pm to 6am. Handy for the hordes travelling home after midnight.

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  3. Happy and healthy New Year from Polandd. Gosia

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  4. Happy New Year.
    Our bus system is always woeful on Public Holidays and weekends and over Christmas they take woeful to new depths of inadequacy. Less services, stopping at less places.
    And I too let the New Year come in without me. She knows the way and has a key.

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    1. EC, indeed she did have the key. She arrived here without any help from me as I slept soundly.

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  5. Our bus service runs on public holiday timetables for the whole week between Christmas Eve and New Years Day, that's an hour between buses, useless if you're catching a bus to the city to catch another bus going out of the city. Back to normal timetables tomorrow, but several city bus stops have closed from tomorrow for a fortnight while construction goes on at a major intersection. Signs are up instructing passengers to catch their regular bus at such-and-such bus stop, but there is bound to be much confusion from those who don't/won't/can't read signs and others who are new to the city and may only be in from the country to do a bit of sightseeing and shopping.

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    1. River, that is wrong. It is a busy time for shops and people need to get there and a one hour service interval is not satisfactory. Melbourne's trams on public holidays, except for Christmas Day and Good Friday, run to a Saturday timetable, which is like a week day timetable but without peak services. We always have to put ourselves in positions of foreigners to see how our public transport is not right.

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